Sonogno is the last village of the Verzasca Valley; The hamlet is plenty of stone houses and typical roads; there is a museum too (Ex Genardini house). Also of note are the ancient village oven, which is still used sometimes and the wool center (by the Pro Verzasca organization, which is responsible for dyeing, carding and spinning the wool). The finished products are sold in the town’s craft shops. The town’s church boasts paintings by Cherubino Patà, a native of Sonogno and a pupil of the great Courbet. Another point of interest is the façade of a house in the village that depicts an 18th century peasant version of Michelangelo’s Last Judgment. (Ticino Tourism)
The source of the Verzasca River is on the peaks above Sonogno from where it follows the namesake valley, down to the Corippo fork and flows into the artificial lake. The clear emerald-colored waters and the pristine nature that surrounds it make it an appreciated destination in summer. During the hot season the spots where the water is calmer transform into inviting outdoor pools and the shores, especially in the area around Lavertezzo, fill-up with swimmers. A real jewel found in the midst of the natural wilderness of this valley and a paradise for underwater diving lovers. Caution and safety are crucial! (Ticinotopten.ch)
Between Spring and Autumn in Ticino, enjoy one of the many relaxing lakeside walks, the most challenging alpine treks, artistic and cultural itineraries and gastronomic excursions through vineyards and pastures.
Biking & Mountain bike tours
Bicycle paths, marked footpaths, e-Bike Park, Bike-Hotels and much more: the offers in Ticino will meet the needs of every cyclist. Bicycle tourists, families, daring bikers and professionals choose Ticino to practice this sport. Climb the mountains, ride around lakes and rivers. Ticino for cyclists: you can cycle all year round with pleasant temperatures.
Ticino offers, beside italian flair from a purely panorama to “Trailthrill total”, something for everyone Up to 365 days a year.
Walking is a new experience, but at the same time ancient. There is no need for special training to start walking: only good shoes, woven from natural fibre and then away. Ticino has the ideal habitat to embrace this sport. All routes are marked with official direction signs. The routes are located everywhere: around Locarno, Lugano, Bellinzona and in the valleys.
Canyoning – sizzling, sparkling adventure in the spectacular mountain rivers and waterfalls of Switzerland. Breathtaking, wild and emotional as life itself.
Bouldering, has become an ideal outdoor activity because it is easy to access, can be practiced in different landscapes and because of the convivial atmosphere that is created at the base of the boulders during ascents; this activity is an ideal teambuilding activity for groups, but also for families… although it must always be kept in mind that it is a potentially dangerous activity if done without respecting minimum safety requirements.
The 220m / 721ft. high dam of the Verzasca Valley is not only famous for being one of the highest dams in Europe, but also because it was the setting for the opening scene of the James Bond movie GoldenEye starring Pierce Brosnan.
According the global surveys, Bond’s leap from the Verzasca dam is considered the best stunt in film history. And the ultimate adrenaline rush at Lago di Vogorno is also called 007 jump or GoldenEye Bungee Jump.
Cross Country Skiing in Winter – Tennis in Summer at the Sport Centre of Sonogno.
Info from Ticino.ch